The BIM Collective Research Group was formed in February 2013. The principle aims of the group are:
• Industry -Academia Partnerships
• European & UK 3rd level education collaboration
• Professional / Academic collaboration
• Collaborative projects within WIT Programmes & Research Groups
• Personal research paths
From the outset The BIM Collective (BIMC) has utilised the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher programme to fund Industry -Academia Partnership projects. These have covered a broad range of companies many of whom are involved in or seeking competitive advantages in tendering projects in the UK and farther afield; these include projects in Saudi Arabia, Estonia & the UK.
In conjunction with research through industry – academia partnerships, the BIMC have developed links with European & UK 3rd level colleges & universities through the International Congress of Architectural technologists (ICAT) and Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT). Discussions are at an early stage in developing joint projects through Horizon 2020. Exploratory visits to potential partners are planned for the coming year. It is essential to internationalise the research and draw from partner countries their experiences in implementing and working with a BIM methodology. This can then feed into our own industry – academia partnerships strengthening the knowledge of both students and the AEC partners.
The BIMC through the School of Engineering at WIT are initiating both an Approved Autodesk Training centre at WIT and a BIM / Revit Users Group for the south east where AEC professionals, students & staff can share & broaden a collective knowledge base. This would strengthen the symbiotic relationship through industrial placement, collaborative projects and student presentations to industry, ultimately leading to a stronger BIM ready AEC industry and graduate employment.
The professional landscape of the Architectural, Engineering & Construction (AEC) sector is ever evolving, never has this been more evident than in recent years. The AEC industry is moving towards an integrated approach of “project delivery” between the relevant professionals, i.e. engineers, quantity surveyors, architectural professions and contractors. This is commonly referred to as a BIM (Building Information Modelling) methodology.
Many professionals in the AEC sector know about BIM, they know it is coming and they see the impact not being BIM ready is starting to have on their companies. This has grown ever more stark as the Irish AEC sector bids for projects overseas where a BIM methodology, if not mandatory may well be the deciding factor in contracts being awarded.
“The current buzzword for the construction industry at present, BIM may seem like another passing fad. The catch, however, is that it is here to stay.
"BIM is the next evolutionary phase within our profession and it is a logical one, just as moving from drawing boards to computers was a natural progression before.” (CIAT, 2013)
In the UK, by 2016 all Government related projects must utilise a BIM methodology. The Irish government is expected to follow suit in the coming years. Already, anecdotal feedback from AEC practices has highlighted the disadvantages they have encountered by not being equipped with the necessary skillset to successfully bid for State contracts. In the UK, by 2016 all Government related projects must utilise a BIM methodology. The Irish government is expected to follow suit in the coming years. Already, anecdotal feedback from AEC practices has highlighted the disadvantages they have encountered by not being equipped with the necessary skillset to successfully bid for State contracts.
Within the School of Engineering at WIT, there has always been a strong ethos of working closely with the AEC industry with industrial placement embedded in many of the schools programmes. In 2001 Dr. Ken Thomas, Head of the School of Engineering, was a founding member of the Construction IT Alliance who’s mission statement
“To actively encourage the Irish Construction sector to take full advantage of current and emerging Information and Communications Technologies” clearly heralded the BIM landscape we see today.
Within the Dept. of Architecture WIT has been teaching Revit, a BIM authoring tool since 2007, and fully integrated this into our programmes in 2010 when we ceased teaching traditional CAD and started introducing a BIM methodology. This has developed to a degree that The Architectural Technology Programme has been reshaped to reflect the new paradigm and will be launched soon as the” B.Sc. (Hons) in Architectural & BIM Technology”.
The key personnel behind the new programme identified that the AEC sector companies the graduates would be seeking employment from required up skilling in BIM and also that the AEC sector was at the forefront of the practical implementation of BIM.
It soon became clear that a strong industry -academia partnership would create a symbiotic relationship that would be of benefit to both parties, the students learning from industry and vice versa.
|Gordon Chisholm||Robin Stubbs|
|B.Arch., Dip. Arch., MCIAT, MRIA||B.Sc (Hons) Arch Tech, MUBC, MCIAT, PhD Candiate,|
|B.Sc. Architectual. Technology Year Tutor||B.Sc. (Hons) Architectural Technology Course Leader|
|Email: GChisholm@WIT.ie||Email: RStubbs@WIT.ie|
|Brian Dempsey||Dr. Ken Thomas|
|M.Sc, B.Sc, MCIAT|
|B.Sc. Architectural Technology Year Tutor||Head of School of Engineering|
|Email: BDempsey@WIT.ie||Email: KThomas@WIT.ie|
|Ellen Nugent||Brian Hanrahan|
|B.Sc. (Hons) Arch Tech, M.Sc. SSEng||B.Sc. (Hons) Arch Tech.|
|Research Assistant||Research Assistant|
|Email: ENugent@WIT.ie||Email: BHanrahan@WIT.ie|
|Paul Elliott||Brian Monaghan|
|B.Sc. (Hons) Arch & BIM Tech||B.Sc. Entertainment System Student|
|Research Assistant||Research Assistant|
|Email: PElliott@WIT.ie||Email: BMonaghan@WIT.ie|
|Thamyres Rocha Marafioti|
|Archtectual Student Intern.|